Sunday, July 15, 2012

Redondo Creeper. Lampranthus filicaulis

Not really a creeper but a succulent groundcover which we would probably call a 'pig-face' plant. This one is from South Africa and is proving to be a real winner this winter. It has not been without a flower for months so it looks as if I will take cuttings from it as soon as this stock plant gets big enough. The flowers are about the size of a 20 cent piece and are shaded a delicate pink on the edges fading to white at the centre. The whole plant grows to a height of about 15cm and the eventual spread would be about triple that. Lampranthus are good in coastal gardens and grow well in pure sand. They are also useful as fire retardant ground cover plants close to buildings.

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